THEE, Apollo, in a ring
We encompass, carolling
Of the flowers, fruits and creatures

That thy features
Do express, and by thy side
Live their life half -deified :
Grasshoppers that round thee spring
From their mirth no minute sparing ;
Hawk and griffin arrow-eyed;
Cock the gracious day declaring ;
Olive that can only flourish
Where the fruiting sunbeams nourish;
Laurel that can never fade,
That in winter doth incline her
Lustrous branches to embraid
Chaplets for the lyric brow ;
The white swan, that fair diviner,
IVho in death a bliss descrying
Sings her sweetest notes a-dying :
These, all these, to thee we vow,
We thy nymphs who in a ring
Dance around thee, carolling.